February-March 2023 | Features

A Guide to Global Grants

A Guide to Global Grants

An insight into what Global Grants are and a detailed explanation of how they work can be received by Rotary clubs, as well as your key contact details.

Global Grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary’s areas of focus. By working together to respond to real community needs, clubs and districts strengthen their global partnerships.

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What can Global Grants support?

Global Grants can fund:

  • Humanitarian projects
  • Scholarships for graduate-level academic studies
  • Vocational training teams are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about their field or to learn more about it themselves.

Do these have to be big projects?

Projects supported with a Global Grant must have a minimum budget of US$30,000 (about £27,000). This is to ensure that we are working on larger projects with more impact, meeting the needs of the community. It is important to include sufficient funds to ensure the sustainability of the project including such matters as training.

Where does the money come from?

The funds can come from cash that you and your club raise; from your district’s “DDF” (District Designated Fund) – a block grant of money your district has each year to support The Rotary Foundation’s work with clubs in your district; and The Rotary Foundation World Fund – which itself matches 80% of the DDF contributions included in the funding plans.

Do we have to work with any partners on the project?

Global Grants are designed for two or more clubs in different countries to work together, cementing the wider community within which Rotary works, and bringing a variety of knowledge and skills to our projects.

Where can I get more information?

There’s a wealth of information on the Rotary website.  For more details see the Resources and Reference documents on that page.
But first, talk to your District Rotary Foundation Committee.

Who should I contact for help?

The first point of call, early in thinking about any project, should be to contact your own district Rotary Foundation team. They will evaluate ideas, ensuring the project meets the guidelines for a sustainable project of lasting community value.

That help is available from The Rotary Foundation regardless of the current availability of funds for a grant.

If there are funds in the District Grant or the DDF, the team would advise on how to apply for financial support from these funds.

Others able to help would be the regional team of Rotary Foundation Coordinators. Currently, John Dehnel leads that team and he will put you in touch with the most appropriate contact.

The Rotary Foundation in Evanston has a team of grant officers, with Elizabeth Davis being the main support for Rotary in GB&I.

The Rotary Foundation has a team called The Rotary Foundation Cadre of technical advisers, Rotarians who are professional specialists in various fields related to our areas of focus.

They are ready to advise on project design and implementation anywhere in the world.

Search for Rotary Cadre on the Rotary International website for full information.

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